The Lords Of The New Church
Have you been to church recently? Been reformed recently? Thrown yr.self at the feet of the Gods of R&R & screamed "I repent"? Brian James has.
James, legendary London SSer, Damned leader & Lord Of The New Church, has put the Lords back on the road with a new line up, a new batch of songs, a new agenda & the same full-on R&R attitude.
Brian James Gtr
Jez Miller Gtr & Vox
Steven Marque Vox
Ozzie Drums (ex-Gunfire Dance & Steppin Razors)
Dave Treganna Bass (ex-Sham 69)
The Lords have just returned from a European tour that included UK shows in London, Newcastle & Manchester. We recently spoke to a pleased but tired James about the reformation, reactions to the shows, & his plans for the band;
trakMARX Why did you chose now as the perfect time to reform The Lords?
JAMES "Coincidence, really. I was playing out as the Brian James Gang - doing my own stuff, Lords stuff & Old Damned tunes & we discovered our drummer had a real feel for The Lords material. I was then approached to sanction a US Lords website & sent some lyrics written by a guy named Steven Marque. I thought the lyrics were fucking brilliant & suited the spirit of The Lords perfectly we rehearsed, found it sounded awesome, & that was that."
trakMARX How did the shows go down & how did it feel to be back in the saddle?
JAMES "It went really well, totally enjoyed it. Most shows were rammed old Lords fans, younger Lords fans & a bunch of young kids who were discovering us for the first time. Just the way it should be."
trakMARX Youre planning some more UK shows before embarking on a US tour, is that right?
JAMES "Weve lined up some more provisional UK dates we want to do London again, & possibly Brighton. Weve got shows booked in Paris, Amsterdam & were gonna shake up a Goth festival in Germany not that The Lords are a Goth band, mind. Then were off to the States in June."
trakMARX Tell us about the "Believe It Or Not" EP.
JAMES "Its 3 trax we recorded @ 284 Studios, Brighton at the end of summer 2001; "Baby Babylon", "Devil You Know" & "Hashashin". Basically, three separate movies that show the versatility of The Lords sound 3 trailers for the future."
trakMARX Are there any plans for a new Lords LP?
JAMES "Yeah were in the middle of writing it now looking for a label. Now weve come off tour its time to deal with the shitty end of the business, you know?"
trakMARX What are yr. long term plans for the project?
JAMES "One step @ a time, really. Were gonna do these US dates then hopefully record the LP. Were also looking for directors to shoot a Lords movie a kinda surreal representation of our current sound."
The "Believe It Or Not" EP is available from The Lords website - along with full details of future shows, merchandise & tributes to the now sadly departed original Lords vocalist, legendary ex-Dead Boy, Stiv Bators.